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FREE Vein Screenings

Posted on: 2016-06-08 » in: Dr. Reid's Articles

Ugly, Painful Varicose Veins?
Call  (309) 672-5975  for your FREE vein screening! 

Scott Reid, D.O., FACOS, and Brian Heywood, M.D., FACS, of Mid Illini Surgical Associates, offer FREE visual vein screenings for people who may wonder what their options are for varicose veins.

Screenings are open to both men and women and take less than 15 minutes! It is helpful to wear loose fitting clothing making it easy to visualize your legs.

“If you are one of the many who suffer from the discomfort of varicose veins,” Dr. Reid said, “then we would encourage you to call us to schedule a 15-minute screening.  It’s free, easy and painless!” 

Raising Awareness

An estimated 25 million people in the United States have varicose veins.  A leading cause is attributed to venous reflux disease, often occurring from “incompetent” or “leaky” valves in the large vein running from the ankle to the groin in each leg. In addition to varicose veins, other symptoms may include leg pain, fatigue, swelling and skin ulceration.  This condition can be progressive if left untreated, and symptoms may worsen with time.

  • About 72% of women and 42% of men in America will experience varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s.
  • Peak incidence of venous insufficiency occurs in women aged 40-49 years and in men aged 70-79 years.
  • Common risk factors include multiple pregnancies, family history, obesity and professions where long periods of standing are required.

MISA's screening events help educate the community about venous and vascular disease, along with risk factors, prevention and treatment options. As part of the program, they will introduce their newest treatment –the Venefit™
procedure by Covidien (formerly known as the VNUS Closure® Procedure).

Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy

“Patients with venous reflux disease can now be treated with the Venefit™ procedure, a minimally invasive treatment alternative,” Dr. Reid, explained. “In fact, patients treated with this procedure can typically resume regular activities in a day. That’s significant because vein stripping surgery has been the most traditional treatment in the past, and it has often often resulted in a much longer recovery time. As many people who have varicose veins know, they can be quite painful, so Venefit™ may be the best answer for many of those who have been putting off treatment.”

Patient satisfaction with the Venefit™ procedure has been high, due both to shorter recovery and less pain. In fact, reports indicate 95% of Venefit™ patients refer their friends for the procedure. 




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